LEEDS RHINOS have commissioned a tuneful tribute to retiring legend Jamie Peacock.
Singer-songwriter Alistair Griffin has created a song to mark the end of Peacock’s playing career.
The development of the song has taken place over the past year since Peacock confirmed 2015 would be his last campaign.
Griffin will perform the song in public for the first time on Thursday, before Rhinos’ home derby against Castleford Tigers.
Peacock said: “It is a real honour to have a song written about me.
“To be honest, when I first heard about the idea I was a bit taken aback and not sure what to make of it. However, having heard Alistair’s previous work, I was confident he would do a great job of it.
“We used his track ‘What if?’ after our Cup win last season and you only need to look at the projects he has also worked on to see how emotive his sporting anthems are and personally, I would like to thank him for his hard work.”
Griffin’s previous credits include songs to mark Andy Murray’s Wimbledon in 2013 and last year’s Yorkshire Grand Depart of the Tour de France. His song ‘Just Drive’ is featured on Sky Sports’ coverage of Formula One.
He said: “Jamie’s a legend of the game and to be asked to write a song about him was both an honour and a challenge.
“Music and sport share emotion and passion and with the season Rhinos have had and the career Jamie’s had, I had plenty to go at to create the song. I just hope it’s an epic song.”
Rhinos spokesman Phil Daly said: “We always pay tribute to our departing players at the end of each season, but we wanted something special for Jamie that marked his contribution, not just to the Rhinos, but the game as a whole.
“The brief was to create a piece of music that encapsulated the qualities that Jamie shows on the pitch every week. I am sure the fans will love it.”